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"107" marked EK_1 fake

Article about: Hello all, Just wanted to share this reproduction trying to be passed off as a Carl Wild product, notice the distinct die flaws on the frame beading. William Kramer

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    Hello all,

    Just wanted to share this reproduction trying to be passed off as a Carl Wild product, notice the distinct die flaws on the frame beading.

    William Kramer
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    Thanks for sharing this William! That would easily catch someone out!

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Thank you for posting William, is this a recent fake to appear?

    A good effort to fool the unwary, especially at a militaria fair or somewhere it could look good in hand and draw someone into taking a chance.

    Those die flaws, inner corners and date are good features to bear in mind.

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    Quote by Adrian View Post
    is this a recent fake to appear?
    ya know I don't honestly know. I believe this same fake comes marked L/54, and L/12 as well. I would venture to guess this is a more recent produced fake - whoever did it certainly had a decent knowledge of EK's

    Watch out though, as these come with NUMEROUS different markings, different needles, and different catches, but all utilize the same basic frame - keep an eye on those large die frame flaws in the beading as they are the most recognizable trait IMO

    Also, the core is almost like a Souval in some respects; the swastika has very fat arms and instead of a "dipping 3" we see one that is opposite and almost sits higher than the other numbers is "1939"

    - here is L/57 marked cross

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    an early Deumer-esque reverse hardware style
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    and here we have a screwback cross
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    and here is a good reference thread showing a hybrid:

    EK1 - original or a very good fake? - Wehrmacht-Awards.com Militaria Forums

    and I will also post a L/56 marked fake
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